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Mobilizing sustainable energy research in the age of populism and COVID-19

Mobilizing sustainable energy research in the age of populism and COVID-19

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Principal Investigator: Mark Winfield

Funding: SSHRC Connections Grant.

Term: 2020-2022.

The project provides opportunities and platforms for researchers and practitioners to make connections between findings arising through different research projects and aids in setting future research agendas, including the impact of COVID-19 on low-carbon energy transitions. The subjects addressed through these projects have included energy efficiency, smart grids, energy storage, community energy planning and distributed energy resources, transportation and climate change, and inter-provincial cooperation on climate and energy policy. The project takes place at a critical point for Canada, where low-carbon energy transitions are already under stress from recently elected populist provincial governments. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced some of those pressures in significant ways.

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